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Richard Sherman talks trade buzz, Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch

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Sherman airs grievances with NFL (2:18)

Richard Sherman sounds off on the NFL's increased scrutiny of the officials and the league's strained relationship with players. (2:18)

Richard Sherman appeared on ESPN's First Take on Friday and touched on a variety of topics, including the idea that the Seattle Seahawks could look to trade him.

"I just laugh it off, man," Sherman said. "It’s funny to me. But sometimes people need to see you gone to realize what you had. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But I don’t let things like that bother me. The chips will fall how they’re supposed to."

The question stemmed from a comment made by former league executive Mike Lombardi on a podcast on The Ringer in which he said he'd heard that Sherman could be acquired for the right price.

Meanwhile, Sherman downplayed comments made by teammate Doug Baldwin in which the wide receiver said Sherman sometimes lets his pride get in the way and that the cornerback thinks he's smarter than he actually is.

"He’s a good friend of mine," Sherman said. "He sometimes gets besides himself, but he means well."

Sherman said that he and Baldwin are family, and that he just had seen the wide receiver on Thursday.

As for his former teammate Marshawn Lynch, Sherman said he'd have no issue with the running back returning to the NFL and playing for the Oakland Raiders.

"Well, [Marshawn’s] been talking about Oakland. He’s from the town, so that’s like going home for him," Sherman said. "It’d be like a basketball player growing up in L.A. and saying, ‘I’m going to play for the Lakers one day.’ It’s probably something he’s always wanted to do since he was a kid, so we’ve got no problem with that."

And finally, Sherman talked about the difference between the NBA and the NFL in the way each tries to grow.

"They try to force the growth of our game by putting games in London, putting games in Mexico and saying, ‘Oh man, they’re going to love our sport out there,'" Sherman said. "That’s not how you grow the game. How you grow the game is the way the NBA does. The NBA will send LeBron James to China. They’ll play games and then let the players interact with everybody in China.

"You play a game in London, the NFL and players don’t have a great relationship. So the NFL will be like, ‘Hey, we need you guys to be at this event.’ And the players will be like, ‘Why would we go to that event? We don’t want to deal with you.’ But I think we could have a more amicable relationship if they tried. But they don’t want to try because they want us to be nameless, faceless employees. And the NBA celebrates the uniqueness of their players."